Open Discussion: Week of February 18, 2019

The first full squad workout was held Monday.  Daily reports are reported in separate articles.

Machado is off the board.  I would ask that any Machado or Harper comments be posted HERE. Thank you.

They also signed a couple free agents – C Drew Butera and LHP Christopher Soriano. Butera was also extended an invitation to major league spring training as a non-roster invite.

I heard that Sean Rodriguez may have suffered a leg injury.

The 40-man roster stands at 39, the entire organization stands at 358.

This the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and other baseball topics (other than Harper and Machado, see above link).

Key Dates:

  • February 18, 2019 – first full squad workout
  • February 22, 2019 – Phillies’ 2019 spring training opener at Tampa Bay (TBD)
  • February 23, 2019 – Phillies’ 2019 spring home opener v. Pittsburgh (1:05 PM)
  • February 27, 2019 – Minor League Spring Training begins
  • March 28, 2019 – Phillies’ 2019 season home opener v. Atlanta (3:05)

The rosters and lists are up to date.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
2/18/2019 – C Drew Butera assigned to Lehigh Valley
2/13/2019 – Harold Garcia released by Reading
2/12/2019 – LHP Christopker Soriano assigned to DSL Phillies Red
2/11/2019 – RHP Ruben Aponte assigned to Williamsport from DSL Red
2/11/2019 – RHP Jeison Blanco assigned to Williamsport from DSL White
2/11/2019 – 1B Maximo De La Rosaassigned to Williamsport from DSL Red
2/11/2019 – 3B Juan Herrera assigned to Williamsport from DSL White
2/11/2019 – LHP Yefferson Mercedes assigned to Williamsport from DSL Red
2/11/2019 – Phillies signed free agent C Drew Butera to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
2/11/2019 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Christopher Soriano to an MiLB contract
2/8/2019 – Phillies signed FA INF Sean Rodriguez to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
2/7/2019 – Phillies traded C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Sixto Sanchez, LHP Will Stewart and $250K international bonus dollars to Miami for C J.T. Realmuto
2/3/2019 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Jhongel Malaver, assigned to GCL West
1/25/2019 – Seth McGarry transferred from Lehigh Valley to Reading
1/25/2019 – Nerluis Martinez transferred from Lakewood to Williamsport
1/25/2019 – Francisco Morales transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/25/2019 – Ben Pelletier transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/25/2019 – Edwin Rodriguez transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/25/2019 – Austin Ross transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/25/2019 – Victor Santos transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/25/2019 – Manuel Silva transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/25/2019 – D.J. Stewart transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Aaron Brown transferred from Lehigh Valley to Reading
1/24/2019 – Bailey Falter transferred from Clearwater to Reading
1/24/2019 – Jonathan Hennigan transferred from Clearwater to Reading
1/24/2019 – Jakob Hernandez transferred from Clearwater to Reading
1/24/2019 – Kevin Markham transferred from Clearwater to Reading
1/24/2019 – Kyle Martin transferred from Clearwater to Reading
1/24/2019 – David Parkinson transferred from Clearwater to Reading
1/24/2019 – Ramon Rosso transferred from Clearwater to Reading
1/24/2019 – Addison Russ transferred from Clearwater to Reading
1/24/2019 – Ben Aklinski transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Keudy Bocio transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Tyler Carr transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Jonathan Guzman transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Jake Holmes transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Jose Jimenez transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Seth Lancaster transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Ethan Lindow transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Nerluis Martinez transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Robinson Martinez transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Danny Mayer transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/24/2019 – Jhordany Mezquita transferred from Williamsport to Lakewood
1/23/2019 – Gregori Rivero transferred from Lehigh Valley to Lakewood
1/23/2019 – Garrett Cleavinger transferred from Reading to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Jose Gomez transferred from Reading to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Adam Haseley transferred from Reading to Lehigh Valley
1/23/2019 – Will Hibbs transferred from Reading to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Cole Irvin transferred from Reading to Lehigh Valley
1/23/2019 – Blake Quinn transferred from Reading to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Alejandro Requena transferred from Reading to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – JoJo Romero transferred from Reading to Lehigh Valley
1/23/2019 – Jeff Singer transferred from Reading to Lehigh Valley
1/23/2019 – Josh Tols transferred from Reading to Lehigh Valley
1/23/2019 – Connor Brogdon transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Andrew Brown transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Tyler Fallwell transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Colby Fitch transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Julian Garcia transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Dalton Guthrie transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Spencer Howard transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Damon Jones transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Keylan Killgore transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Oscar Marcelino transferred from Lakewood to Williamsport
1/23/2019 – Simon Muzziotti transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Lenin Rodriguez transferred from Lakewood to Williamsport
1/23/2019 – Sandro Rosario transferred from Lakewood to Williamsport
1/23/2019 – Victor Sobil transferred from Lakewood to Williamsport
1/23/2019 – Josh Stephen transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Will Stewart transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Matt Vierling transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Zach Warren transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/23/2019 – Kyle Young transferred from Lakewood to Clearwater
1/21/2019 – Lenin Rodriguez transferred from Lehigh Valley to Lakewood
1/21/2019 – Sandro Rosario transferred from Lehigh Valley to Lakewood
1/21/2019 – Victor Sobil transferred from Lehigh Valley to Lakewood
1/15/2019 – Jesus Alastre transferred from Lehigh Valley to Clearwater
1/15/2019 – Randy Alcantara transferred from Lehigh Valley to Lakewood
1/15/2019 – Jose Antequera transferred from Lehigh Valley to Reading
1/15/2019 – Gustavo Armas transferred from Lehigh Valley to Clearwater
1/15/2019 – Ismael Cabrera transferred from Lehigh Valley to Clearwater
1/15/2019 – Luis Carrasco transferred from Lehigh Valley to Clearwater
1/15/2019 – Luis Cedeno transferred from Lehigh Valley to Clearwater
1/15/2019 – Jesus Henriquez transferred from Lehigh Valley to Lakewood
1/15/2019 –  CF Lane Adams assigned Lehigh Valley
1/14/19 – Phillies signed FA OF Lane Adams to an MiLB contract w/ST invite
1/11/19 – Phillies invited non-roster C Deivi Grullon to spring training
1/11/19 – Phillies invited non-roster  LHP JoJo Romero to spring training
1/11/19 – Phillies invited non-roster non-roster OF Mickey Moniak to spring training
1/11/19 – Phillies invited non-roster SS Malquin Canelo to spring training
1/11/19 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Tyler Gilbert to spring training
1/11/19 – Phillies invited non-roster OF Adam Haseley to spring training
1/11/19 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Cole Irvin to spring training
1/11/19 – Phillies invited non-roster OF Austin Listi to spring training
1/11/19 – Phillies reached 2019 contract agreement with OF Aaron Altherr ($1.35M)
1/11/19 – Phillies reached 2019 contract agreement with LHP José Álvarez ($1.925M)
1/11/19 – Phillies reached 2019 contract agreement with RHP Jerad Eickhoff ($975K)
1/11/19 – Phillies reached 2019 contract agreement with 3B Maikel Franco ($5.2M)
1/11/19 – Phillies reached 2019 contract agreement with 2B César Hernández ($7.75M)
1/11/19 – Phillies reached 2019 contract agreement with LHP Adam Morgan ($1.1M)
1/11/19 – Phillies reached 2019 contract agreement with RHP Hector Néris ($1.8M)
1/11/19 – Phillies reached 2019 contract agreement with RHP Vince Velasquez ($2.249M)
1/11/19 – Phillies signed FA INF Gift Ngoepe assigned to Lehigh Valley
1/11/19 – Phillies signed FA INF Andrew Romine assigned to Lehigh Valley
1/11/19 – Phillies signed FA LHP Edward Paredes assigned to Lehigh Valley
1/11/19 – Phillies signed FA INF Gift Ngoepe to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
1/11/19 – Phillies signed FA INF Andrew Romine to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
1/11/19 – Lehigh Valley assigned RHP Gilmael Troya to Lakewood
1/11/19 – Phillies signed FA LHP Edward Paredes to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
1/3/19 – Phillies signed free agent RHP David Robertson
12/21/21 – Phillies signed FA SS Gregorio Petit to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
12/21/21 – Phillies signed FA 2B Phil Gosselin to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
12/21/21 – Phillies signed FA C Rob Brantly to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
12/21/21 – Phillies signed FA LHP Jeremy Bleich to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
12/21/21 – Phillies signed FA RHP Josh Martin to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
12/21/21 – Phillies signed FA C Matt McBride to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
12/14/18 – Daniel Brito assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
12/14/18 – Edgar Cabral assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
12/14/18 – Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
12/14/18 – Grenny Cumana assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
12/14/18 – Juan Escorcia assigned to Lakewood from Lehigh Valley
12/14/18 – Jose Gomez assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
12/14/18 – Luke Leftwich assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
12/14/18 – Oscar Marcelino assigned to Lakewood from Lehigh Valley
12/14/18 – Alejandro Requena assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
12/13/18 – Phillies select RHP Gilmael Troya (NYY) in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 Draft, assign to Lehigh Valley
12/13/18 – Phillies sign free agent INF Raulyn Blanc to a 2019 minor league contract
12/13/18 – Phillies traded SS Drew Jackson to Orioles for Future Considerations
12/13/18 – Phillies selected SS Drew Jackson (LAD) in the Rule 5 Draft
12/12/18 – Phillies signed free agent RF Andrew McCutchen
12/7/18 –  Phillies signed free agent C Adony Mejia to a minor league contract
12/6/18 –  Phillies traded RHP Luis Garcia to the Angels for LHP Jose Alvarez
12/3/18 – Mariners traded SS Jean Segura, RHP Juan Nicasio and LHP James Pazos to the Phillies for 1B Carlos Santana and SS J.P. Crawford.
11/30/18 – 1B Justin Bour elected free agency
11/30/18 – LHP Luis Avilan elected free agency
12/21/21 – Phillies signed FA LF Shane Robinson to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
11/29/18 – Phillies signed free agent INF Erick Brito to a future services contract
11/20/18 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Edgar Garcia from Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Phillies selected the contracts of RHP Adonis Medina from Clearwater
11/20/18 – Phillies selected the contract of SS Arquimedes Gamboa from Clearwater
11/16/18 – Phillies signed free agent 3B Ali Castillo to a minor league contract/Reading
11/16/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Camilo Brazoban to a future services contract
11/12/18 – SS Pedro Florimon elected free agency
11/10/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Carlos Valero to a future services contract
11/8/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Jose Guaramaco to a future services contract
11/7/18 – Phillies signed free agent OF Derek Escobar to a future services contract
11/2/18 – Phillies sent SS Pedro Florimon outright to Lehigh Valley
11/2/18 – OF Ryan Goins elected free agency
11/2/18 – 1B Zach Green elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Matt McBride elected free agency
11/2/18 – LF Danny Ortiz elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Nick Rickles elected free agency
11/2/18 – SS Dean Anna elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Pedro Beato elected free agency
11/2/18 – CF Collin Cowgill elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Ranfi Casimiro elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Logan Moore elected free agency
11/2/18 – 3B Jesmuel Valentin elected free agency
11/2/18 – RF Jiandido Tromp elected free agency
11/2/18 – 2B Heiker Meneses elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Mario Sanchez elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Harold Arauz elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Gabriel Lino elected free agency
11/2/18 – 3B Will Middlebrooks elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Alberto Tirado elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Kevin Martir elected free agency
11/1/18 – Phillies signed C Victor Cairo to a future services contract
10/29/18 – 2B Asdrubal Cabrera elected free agency
10/29/18 – C Wilson Ramos elected free agency
10/29/18 – RF Jose Bautista elected free agency
10/29/18 – LHP Aaron Loup elected free agency
10/29/18 – Lehigh Valley released 1B Joey Meneses
10/25/18 – DSL Phillies Red activated 1B Maximo De La Rosa
10/25/18 – DSL Phillies White activated RHP Jose Brazon
10/10/18 – Reading activated RHP Mario Sanchez from the 7-day disabled list
10/10/18 – Reading activated LHP JoJo Romero from the 7-day disabled list
10/10/18 – Reading activated RHP Alexis Rivero from the 7-day disabled list
10/8/18–Phillies signed free agent RHP Carlo Reyes to a minor league contract.
10/5/18–3B Trevor Plouffe elected free agency.
9/27/18–Phillies signed free agent RHP Cristofer Adames to a minor league contract
9/22/18–Phillies signed free agent LHP Joel Valdez to a minor league contract.
9/14/18–Phillies signed free agent RHP Hermes Astudillo to a minor league contract

126 thoughts on “Open Discussion: Week of February 18, 2019

  1. I saw the MLB top 30 list that Romus posted in the other thread. https://www.mlb.com/news/phillies-2019-top-30-prospects-list/c-304030276

    They have Bohm at #1. If he turns out to be what the scouting grades say, then it will be ok that we didn’t sign that other guy who signed yesterday whose name will not be spoken on this thread. We will have 5+ years of cost controlled productive player. But to put his scouting grades into perspective, MLB has him as a 55 hit and 55 game power.

    Fangraphs defines 55 hit as a .270 average. And 55 power as 19-22 homers. https://blogs.fangraphs.com/scouting-explained-the-20-80-scouting-scale/

    Guess what Franco’s stats were last year… .270 batting average and 22 homers.

    That’s right, MLB’s peak production grades on Bohm are about what Franco did last year. The one caveat is that Fangraphs determines hit tool based on batting average and I think it should be based on OB%. And Bohm is likely to have a higher OB% than the walk challenged Franco.

    But set expectations properly. Bohm is not projected to be the next Kris Bryant. Peak Bohm is probably comped to peak Franco if the grades are to be believed. With similar to potentially worse defense.

    1. I have to think the debate will continue for the foreseeable future, whether or not it should have been Madrigal or Bohm at 3.

      1. What’s interesting to me about that debat is that for his first three drafts, Almarez valued hit tool above all other tools – Radolph, Moniak, Haseley. But for this decision, he valued power tool over Madrigal’s clear advantage in hit tool. That said, there are a lot of open questions on Madrigal. He is not driving the ball at all. Low K rates. But not driving it at all. His ISO in host first season was terrible.

        1. I viewed Madrigal when he came out, in the mold of a Kingery player….though Kingery developed his pop after awhile at the AA/AAA levels, but his ISO at Arizona for his three years hovered around a lower .125/135 range
          OTOH, Madrigal did show a little higher ISO in his college career (140/150) then currently as a pro…but it is still early for him.

          1. yeah, kingery is not a bad comp for madrigal. and this is coming from a guy who thinks the Kingery is going to be a very good pro. just had growing pains last year.

            but i think that madrigal will be better than kingery as he will have a lower K rate.

            1. Absolutely…Madrigal makes contact at a unbelievable rate.
              Kingery had it in college…and got better each year…but he sold out for the Launch Angle at Reading and LHV and it climb into the 20% area. And now, I do not know what to expect from him when it comes to just pure contact abilities.

    2. Peak Franco is a possibility, but I think you’re underselling what Bohm could do with the bat. Fangraphs grades him at 65/70 raw and 40/60 game power. He’s got a chance to hit in the high .200s with 30+ HR if he can make the adjustments to big league pitching that Franco couldn’t (until last season, when he seemed to put a few things together).

      Is he going to be Kris Bryant. Probably not. But Bohm could be a good hitting, meh defensive 3B in the vein of Matt Carpenter or Eugenio Suarez, or even Alex Bregman.

      1. “……in the vein of Matt Carpenter or Eugenio Suarez, or even Alex Bregman.”….that is being very optimistic.

        SDI’s 2018 final third base rankings for the NL:
        Nolan Arenado…6.8
        Travis Shaw……6.5
        Todd Frazier……3.7
        Johan Camargo…3.2
        Matt Carpenter….3.0
        Anthony Rendon…. 0.5
        Kris Bryant……..0.1
        Christian Villanueva…-0.2
        Evan Longoria …..-2.2
        Eugenio Suarez…..-2.9
        Maikel FrancoI…….-7.0
        Colin Moran………..-9.4

        1. Why shouldn’t I be optimistic? He’s 6’5″, 225 with easy power and good bat-to-ball skills. He was the No. 3 pick in the draft. I’m not saying he’s going to be those players, but to say he doesn’t have a chance to reach that level, and instead will simply be Maikel Franco 2.0, is ludicrous.

          1. I think his bat will play…not questioning that.
            Just his fielding at third.
            If it doesn’t work this season at third base for him showing defensive progression…. the Phillies will need to make a decision.
            Hope he can stay there.

      2. To be clear, I am not “underselling” mlb’s scouting grades are doing the prediction. However, 55 peak is not that far from 60 peak. And Franco was at the top of the 55 power scale with 22 homers.

        Again this is one service’s grades. But my point is that we always over value prospects. Grass is greener. But 55 hit, 55 power with 40 defense is not an all-star 3rd baseman.

      3. I think one huge difference is that Bohm is supposed to have outstanding plate discipline. If true, that, combined with an above average hit tool, could be the difference between him becoming a replacement level player and a first division regular. Franco doesn’t strike out much, but his plate discipline is very crude, which leaves him with a .314 OBP and, just as bad, hitting balls he cannot drive, which causes other problems. And, oh yeah, Franco was also below average with the glove last year. I’m not saying Bohm is a sure fire prospect, but I am saying that he has some tools that are encouraging and which could make him quite a good major league player. Obviously, the glove is a legitimate concern – we shall see.

        1. Bohm definitely will have a higher walk rate than Franco. But also, definitely have a higher K rate. Franco’s K rate is outstanding and always has been. Bohm seems like a guy who will have a 22% – 25% k rate along with an 8%-11% walk rate.

    3. Based on the results when I collected everyone’s preference for the Phillies first round pick in 2019, only 9 guys have the right to remind us that they preferred Madrigal over Bohm.

        1. Yes…..and could put up monster numbers if he doesn’t have to worry about his defense at third base. Like Ryan Braun did with the Brewers.

        1. Actually, you’re okay. Madrigal was your first choice. Singer was your choice if Madrigal went second. The results are under the Draft tab on the menu above. It’s one of the few choices that actually has current info. Romus is also okay. He also selected Madrigal. Bohm was his choice if Madrigal went second.

          I’m just trying to avert any overt player bashing. You know how people like to pile on after the fact. All the Monday morning quarterbacks are post-game experts. That was my agenda when I collected everyone’s preferred draft selection. I didn’t want 50-60 commenters saying they would have chosen player X over Bohm. I have proof who would have and who didn’t.

  2. I’m not sold on the starting rotation. Another arm, preferably a LHP, should be acquired. Velasquez and Eflin will likely be given an opportunity but only Pivetta projects to be a mainstay. Eickhoff is an injury risk until he shows that he’s not. But the rotation may not be addressed until midseason after they’ve sorted out the internal options. Just hope it doesn’t become a besetting issue early on.

    1. He’s not a perfect candidate, but I think the stars are aligned to pay Keuchel and bring him into the rotation. He gives them the LHP they need, has pitched in big games, and can probably be had for something similar to what Arrieta signed last year. Add him and an upgrade at corner OF (coughcoughcough) and the Phillies are deep and ready to compete.

      I’d be interested to see what VV looks like out of the pen.

  3. Thank you Jim for this site and these appropriate individual postings; great work!

    One thing that I would like to follow during spring training is the minor league ST games. Where would we find box scores, schedules, stats, etc.?

    1. That’s a tough request. The Phillies don’t provide those box scores. I tried scoring two games at once from between Ashburn and Schmidt Fields. It was the last time I tried that. Even one game is tough because I like to wander to all fields. There are always 2 games (either AAA & AA or two A games). A third game is often scheduled for the remaining low A kids. When not, they practice on Roberts Field.That’s where I’ll get to see guys like Starlyn Castillo.

  4. If the Phillies don’t get Harper, I hope that their answer is NOT to get two okay guys instead. We don’t need to be saddled with a big contract for a mediocre player like Keuchel. If he wants to sign for a year (or a year and an option year), fine, but other than that, no thanks.

    1. I think Keuchel would be receptive to two years, plus a mutual option at three….if it goes another week to 10 days, and he is still out there.
      But then again….dealing with another Boras guy so nothing will be set in stone..

      1. i think i’d be okay with adding Keuchel for 2 year plus option and something similar for kimbrel, strengthen bullpen even more

      2. I’d try and land them both on 3/$54 with opt outs I’d then try to move some of my surplus BP pieces and either VV or Eflin.

        I like Keuchel I think he can still pitch and give you innings. I also really like DLS above VV and Eflin.

        1. And no one would suggest Keuchel is an ace but in the AL the dude ranked 7th in IP’s and pitched to a very respectable 3.74 ERA.

          Only Nola gave us more IP’s our next best guy was Arrieta at 43.

          1. DMAR….if Harper is signed….why not trade for Robbie Ray….a few years younger and under control with stuff that is a notch better…. better velo, but poorer control.
            Assume, Williams becomes the odd man out in the OF….include in one of the three young pitchers, and also someone like LHP Cole irvin.

            1. I’ve nothing against Robbie Ray but at this point in time I wouldn’t want to dip any further into my prospect pool. if you’re telling me I get him for VV or Eflin plus Williams ok.

              I prefer to hang onto DLS-Howard-Irvin-Medina but still Keuchel only costs me money and a 2nd round pick and he gives me more IP. I just love the way he competes and keeps the ball on the ground.

            2. Phillies are starting this weekend Irvin, DLS, Anderson and on Monday JoJo and Ranger on Tuesday.
              Quite possibly, could be showcasing them early in event of upcoming trades, perhaps after a certain FA signs…..or maybe doesn’t sign.

            3. Romus, these 5 have been here the longest, have been throwing the longest, and have had multiple live BP sessions. I think they are just “readier” than the Phillies starters who arrived later.

  5. How many people are going to spring training this year? It’s an annual event of mine and I am hoping to catch two games in March. Excited to see the improved squad – especially the new additions. I am hoping to catch Eickhoff throw an inning – really pooling for him.

      1. Awesome! Can’t wait either as I watch the snow fall….
        Hopefully we will be able to bring some value to the forum from our mindful observations!

      2. Denny:
        Starters….first five games…you get to see Anderson in Lakeland and Irvin or DLS before Sunday.

        • Friday vs. Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.: Left-hander Cole Irvin.
        • Saturday vs. Pirates: Right-hander Enyel De Los Santos.
        • Sunday vs. Tigers in Lakeland, Fla.: Right-hander Drew Anderson.
        • Monday vs. Tigers: Left-hander JoJo Romero.
        • Tuesday vs. Yankees in Tampa, Fla.: Left-hander Ranger Suarez.

        1. Thank you forthe info.

          I realize that we will seeing lower level talent on the field but we will have 2 grandsons with us and we will watch game thru their eyes at 12 and 8 years old. Much more fun.

    1. I’ll be there 3/14-17. I’ll catch two big league games and catch minor league games one day. We start with Lenny’s each morning followed by watching practice over at the complex. We gave two great dinners and go home Dinday night happy. Going on my 14th straight year with my son, age 26 now. Great times! I urge all to go. And yes, I say hello to Jim in his straw hat. Can’t wait.

        1. Awesome – I have been going for the last 10+ years and it has always been a great time! The more of us who go to ST, the more valuable insight hopefully we can provide – at least excitement from hearing the crack of a bat live for the first time in many months.

  6. My wife and I will be down for the month of March. Will start coming to the Complex when the games start, maybe sooner. This is our 4th year. Been coming since we retired. We just love Clearwater.

  7. Phillies poised to sign Yhoswar Garcia – top teenage Latin American outfielder – Jim Salisbury. Will post in J2 section.

  8. I really like the idea of buying the bats and drafting arms. It really annoys me that Keuchel is even a thought. There is DLS, Anderson, Irving, and Suarez at AAA. Why spend 15-25 mil on a starter when there is so many cost controlled arms.

    Phil’s could have Eichoff and Elfin as the 3 and Irvin and Suarez as the 5. Hopefully Pivetta cements himself as a 3 this year. The other 4 can continue to compete for a full starter spot once Arrieta is gone after next year.

    The sooner the better an idea like this is started. The specifics of how to have competition for a full starter spot and keep rotating players out as they reach free agency can be started.

    I definitely believe in having an ace and u pay him whatever it takes. The rest can figure themselves out.

    The concern with an aapproach like this is there would only be 11 position players. Would it be that much of a concern the? Amari always seemed to find decent players to fill in at AAA. I wonder if this approach may actually be taken by more than a few teams in the future with the talk of maybe expanding rosters to 26 or 27

    1. Phl93….my gut feeling is the Phillies , with the Segura, Cutch and Realmuto additions….and maybe Harper….do not want to go into August and Sept and hopefully thru October….with those inexperienced arms
      They are planning on the whole thing this year and want those battle tested arms late in the season.
      The current three have now been around for 2 plus years and they are comfortable with them…DLS, Irvin, Anderson and Ranger….not so much.

  9. Hey Jim – anyone looking much bigger and better than when you last saw them? Anyone getting your attention? Thanks

  10. Plouffe signed to replace Sean Rodriguez who is out hurt. He’s just a body but maybe he’ll stick around and play at LHV as a vet on the bench.

  11. Josh Harrison signed for $2 million on a 1 year deal. When the average MLB salary is $4 million that has to sting coming off years when he made 3-5-8 and then 10 mil a season.

    The next CBA is going to be very interesting.

    1. It’s going to be very, very interesting. Not sure how the players will get the owners to spend more money on veterans.

      The players will likely demand a higher floor on team salaries. Obviously, the service time issue is another thorn in the union’s side.

      But if you’re the owner, you’re sitting pretty. What would entice the owners to give in to any demands? A hard cap?

      1. That is a great question Guru. They do hold most of the cards but like players all owners are not on equal footing.

        I would say a strike by the players but then who does that hurt more the players or the owners? Usually the players. I’m not an economist but my guess would be the owners can absorb a work stoppage a lot longer than a player can.

        How about they just do what is right and that goes to both sides

        Agree to raising the minimum salary at the average of 50% of salaries
        Agree to a veterans minimum at the average of all salaries
        Agree to raising MiLB Salary
        Agree to MiLB service time pensions
        Agree to faster path to FA
        Eliminate arb
        Agree to an Int’l Draft 2 rounds hard slot bonus
        Agree to a Lottery Style Draft for the first ten picks
        Set a FA Deadline

        Allow owners to sign their own FA’s with a cap on the amount that effects the luxury tax. Something like a percentage of 75%. So if the AAV is $30 million only $22.5 counts against the soft cap.

        A hard cap would destroy the product so I would keep the soft cap but I would penalize owners who don’t meet a threshold of payroll. Whatever draft picks they have move to the bottom of the round.

        Allow owners once every 5 years to dump a contract from the soft cap. The player still gets paid of course Tulo for instance is still counting against Toronto’s cap number.

        If both sides start out thinking we need to improve the bottom guys situation and the overall fan experience the sport would really take off.

        1. I don’t think a hard cap would destroy the product. The owners are more or less doing it now, and the players are crying foul but they can’t do anything about it. And you’re right, if there’s a work stoppage, the players would hurt a lot more than the owners.

          Money wise, the superstars will still get paid, that won’t change. The difference is the decent players. They’re getting a lot less money or they’re getting replaced by cheaper, almost as good options. Institute the higher floor. Force the owners to spend. There’s no reason why the floor can’t be at least $100M. Heck, even the Marlins payroll is projected to be at least $75M for 2019.

          You make some interesting points, but looks like most are them are for the players, not the owners. This could be the time where we get a long stoppage, at least 1 year. And to be honest, I would have been more mad 10 years ago from a work stoppage. Now, I have other things to watch/do if baseball is not there. And that should be a huge concern to both owners and players coming from a hardcore fan.

  12. I floated Eflin’s name a lot in proposed trade that you would think that I don’t like him. But Eflin’s continued upward development and that of Nick Pivetta (who like most, I expect to have a breakout year and established himself as a solid #3) will be critical to the Phillies deep run in the playoffs.

    Arrieta, Vinny and Eickhoff at the back end (#4 and #5) is a good option. But the Phillies rotation need a couple of arms to support Aaron Nola. I love Adonis Medina but he is not yet ready in 2019. Howard is 2020 at the earliest and Sixto is gone. JoJo and Irvin are ready but they have back end stuff and delos Santos is a bullpen guy written all over him. Eshelman, Liebrandt and Parkinson are also MLB ready, but they are also back end starters.

    So it goes down to Pivetta and Eflin to put it all together because they have the stuff and physical ability to dominate the batters and get the needed outs.

    1. Anderson, who I also like, is having problems carrying his velocity and command deep in to the game so he’s destined to be a pen guy. Not high on Ranger, he looks overmatched in the mound – he can be a LOOGY with his plus CU and slid command.

      1. KuKo:
        I really wish Matt K would move some of those AAA/AA arms for small market team’ CBA picks…….others are doing it around the league.
        Phillies could use the extra slot money and the pick since they will lose their 2nd round again with, hopefully Harper’s signing.

        What was an eye-opener for me was the high value and projection the Marlins put on A level pitcher Will Stewart in the JTR trade.
        I have to assume the Marlins have capable scouts.
        Perhaps I have under-valued some of the Phillies pitchers down the line below the AA level.

        1. Jeter possibly know and trust the scout that said Will Stewart is a young Chris Sale. Despite of the breakout year, I think Will Stewart’s ceiling is still that of a back end starter with a possibility of a LOOGY.

          The Phillies has a lot of lefty with Stewart’s profile so his loss should not create a big hole in the pipeline.

      2. We will see how his stuff plays up in the bullpen, but when I watch Anderson I have visions of Justin De Fratus.

  13. I used to look forward to his Sunday article updating information around the league. I always found him to be a good writer, and although Boston based, he had good sources throughout the league. Way to young at 62, may he rest in peace!

  14. Good outing for Cole Irvin despite of the 1 ER he allowed. He knows how to throw for strikes but he really needed to develop an “out” pitch to get out of a jam. Eickhoff doesn’t have the same command as Irvin and his stuff is average but Eikhoff’s CB can take any batters out.

      1. Man, if this could be the wakeup call of all wakeup calls. .280/30/100 in this lineup is highly conceivable.

      2. Man, if this could be the wakeup call of all wakeup calls. .280/30/100 in this lineup is highly conceivable.

  15. Kershaw already shut down due to some unspecified arm problem. LAD can’t be too confident in his ability to stay on the mound.

  16. Baseball Betsy captured some BP yesterday….Jhailyn Ortiz looks great…lost mucho lbs and looks like a player now.
    Expect to see him do well this season at CLW.

  17. here is a complete over reaction to one early spring training game;
    – I loved how Medina looked. threw hard. fastball looked great. Not only did it have really good velo (sat 94-95) but it also had a good tail to it. he also looked like he was very comfortable with his curve ball. threw several of them in big spots. Got a swing and misses on the curve for a K and also got a weak grounder that Gamboa booted. a lot of arm talent.
    – Cozens had some nice swings. good for him. i am still not a believer. but i hope that i am wrong. I know Denny must be happy.
    – Gamboa made an awful defensive play. he is supposed to be a defensive wiz. not sure what happened there.
    – Mickey looked awful in his two at bats. Saw 5 pitches and swung at all 5. HIs first at bat was really bad. first pitch swing. late. can of corn to left. bleh. second at bat was worse. he swung at all 4 pitches of the at bat. 2 were balls. waived at a change for a K. he looked like an amateur going against a pro. just up there swinging and hoping to make contact. no plan at the plate. On the plus side, the guys in the booth said that they think that he grew taller and also put on weight.

    1. I am.

      He had 2 shots today. First into rightfield and might have had a triple but no outs why chance it. Other at bat shot to center hopped onto wall almost another triple.

      Going to dinner with him tomorrow after Tigers game. Grandkids got with him before game and he came right over to see them and when he got to second after first double hemotioned to them in stands, they loved it.

      He shortened his swing and made contact. 1st AB was a 2 strike hit next was on first pitch.

          1. He looked great but in the 9th might have been more appropriate. His last batter he threw 3 80+ breaking balls and the batter looked “silly”.

          2. I know that he was used early in the game, but I feel that Dominguez, Robertson, and Neris should be used in the later innings even in spring training.

      1. Denny,

        Cozens is my break-out player of the year. if he can and does learn to recognize pitches, wait on them and turn on them, then it’s Bryce Who?

        Liked his two doubles in Game Two. Loved his two walks in Game One.

    2. Guess it’s time to panic 2 games into ST. V1, you are a wet blanket. Unless it’s your boy Garcia (will see how he does now that honeymoon is over and will play 140 gm season) it’s criticize central! you must have played baseball at a very high level to know EVERTHING about everything. And anyone that has a picture of himself next to his post name obviously thinks extremely highly of himself…why don’t u get over yourself for maybe ONE day.

      1. Hi Danny

        My picture is because I have a word press blog of my own. Which requires an account. So when you log in, it follows you on every word press blog, which this is.

        Is your point that people should only post positive comments? Everyone is great. Everything is perfect? I posted my opinion of what I saw. I saw Medina look great. Electric fastball and really good curve. I saw Mickey look terrible in two at bats. I prefaced my comment that it was only one spring training game. But I gave my honest opinion. If you don’t want people’s honest opinions, then don’t read a sports blog comments section. That is the entire point of comments on a sports blog.

      2. Yikes.

        There’s nothing about V1’s observations that are out of line with what I’ve seen on PP for twelve (!) years.

        Relax.

    3. V1, we get it. You don’t like Mickey Moniak. I have been a long time reader of this site. I can’t think of a single person who has taken more shots at Moniak than you. When he struggles you write about what a bust he is and what a waste of a 1st overall pick. Then at the end of last year, he catches fire and all you say is “Good for him I hope he keeps it up”. I don’t mind reading critical reviews of prospects, I mean that is what they are prospects (lottery tickets) and most probably will never pan out but you take it a little too far. You seem to always have a negative comment ready for when the poor guy doesn’t go 3-4 or 4-4. I mean 5 pitches into SPRING TRAINING and you’re already back on the kid ripping him as an “amateur”. Lets just hope no one like Realmuto or Hoskins has an 0-4 day with 3 strikeouts. I’m sure at that point they’ll be big time busts as well.

      1. Moniak looked confident and has bulked up. He really looks like a ball player. I don’t care where you are drafted as long as you can contribute.

        Once side note, Micky was the catcher for the first pitches on opening day in Clearwater from local dignitaries.

      2. You really really do NOT get it. I do like Moniak. I think that he is a really good person who is trying really hard to be a great Major League Baseball player. I do not “take shots at him.” I am critical of whether his baseball skills will produce an impact major league player, which is an extremely high bar. Please separate baseball skills from the person as they are not the same. I truly do hope that he is successful because he seems like a great kid from a great family. And obviously I am a Phillies fan so of course I want all prospects to be great. But if we can’t provide critique, if every comment has to be sunshine and roses, then this blog stops being interesting. I provide views that are contradictory to groupthink because the harsh reality is that very, very, very few of our top 50 prospects will be good or even great MLB players. Most will be average or below. The failure rate is so high. So just chill out. Take off the rose colored glasses. Be more critical. Understand that I am not attacking the person. Just specific baseball skills. Don’t take any of this seriously. It is just the comments section of a sports blog. Opinions are like a-holes and I have opinions…so do the math.

        1. Hey there big dog, dial back the insults and anger. Re-read my comment just a little. Here are a direct quote for you based on your “rational” response to my comment.

          ” I don’t mind reading critical reviews of prospects, I mean that is what they are prospects (lottery tickets) and most probably will never pan out”

          Never said the guy was going to be the greatest baseball player of all time. I just said you seem to have a direct issue with Moniak. The guy didn’t have a terrible year last year. First half, yeah he struggled MIGHTLY. Then he seemed to figure something out and had a great second half. Really seemed to salvage his season even.

          Reports, if I remember correctly, here even said he was making a lot of hard contact and some of the criticism based solely on numbers was unwarranted. Not saying it makes him a slam dunk Hall of Famer but you have to recognize that. On top of that I’ve read a few places that he came into camp bigger and in better shape that last year. Instead, you start the season saying that he looked outclassed on FIVE PITCHES. Was he outclassed when he hit the double the next day? Was he just lucky? A blind squirrel finding a nut? Maybe he had a bad FIRST SPRING TRAINING GAME! He may have a great year, he may have a terrible year but for some reason, you only comment on the kid when you can confirm your incredibly intelligent opinion that he is not going to work out as a ballplayer.

          You seem to love Garcia, what happens if he doesn’t get a hit in two straight games this year? Is he a bust too?

          1. Hey big dog. I didn’t insult you. Nor did I insult Mickey. I was simply critical of his skills. Specifically, I was critical of his approach. He saw 5 pitches and swung at all 5 including 3 that were not strikes. Approach is something that you can see with limited sample size. You either work a pitcher or are a free swinger – think Rhys vs. Franco. There are very few high batting average or high OB% hitters who do not work a deep count. I don’t care if a player strikes out or hits a can of corn in 2 at bats. However, it does bother me deeply to see a hitter, who has a profile based on hit tool, that swings at the first pitch out of the zone to hit a can of corn. And then swings at 4 straight pitches two of which were out of the strike zone.

            Now I prefaced my comments as “here is a complete over reaction to one spring training game.” So it is a data point. Just one data point. It is not a damning comment forever. It is one data point in one game. Which is why your comments about Rhys or Realmuto having an 0-4 game make no sense.

            I love Garcia because:
            1. Scouting reports are off the charts. The word “superstar” is being thrown around by professionals.
            2. He has a very low K rate
            3. The at bats that I have seen, he has a good approach.
            4. Reports are that he plays elite defense at a premium position.
            5. He played last year at the age of a high school Junior and destroyed the league.

            If you think that I base my opinions on one game, then you haven’t been following very closely.

            1. Ah my overly critical and apparently sensitive friend you are very quick to criticize those who don’t agree with you. You spent a large portion of your first response talking about topics that were not baseball, statistics or scouting report driven. Instead you commented on that I apparently challenged if you thought Moniak was a good person and then ended with some strong language about me and my “rose colored glasses”. A little off topic, not sports related and, honestly, un-needed.

              Your comparison of Franco vs Rhys. Lets take a little deeper dive into the numbers.

              Franco: AVG: .270, OB%: .314, SO: 65, BB: 29, Pitches per plate appearance: 3.58
              Rhys: AVG: .246, OB%: .354, SO: 150, BB: 87, Pitchers per plate appearance: 4.44

              Objectively, you could argue that, as a player playing a power hitting position, Franco had a much more valuable season for the Phillies last year. Neither are going to steal 20-30 bases a year so either getting walk has very little value. Don’t criticize others who don’t necessarily agree.

              And the issue with your posts to me is this, you are quick to support your views with “numbers” and reports by scouts. Scouts still say Moniak has a solid hit tool. Scouts all said he seemed to figure it out last year and looked primed to have a solid year this year. The sample size is pretty reasonable that he can make good contact on the ball compared to a limited sample size supporting your view.

              Yes Garcia has what you’ve pointed to but, once again, I believe I read here more than once that his average was deceiving. That he wasn’t getting solid contact and was benefiting from weak groundballs through holes and away from lower level defenders. Not saying Garcia isn’t a solid prospect, I think he is. Just saying, you need to admit your own bias.

              I was only driven to have this interaction with you after seeing you challenge and criticize others for posting too much/too often on one topic and in favor of one player.

            2. As soon as you said Franco had a more valuable year than Rhys I stopped reading. No point wasting my time debating you if you think that is the case. Enjoy believing whatever you want.

  18. I’m just excited to follow boxscores each day again and look forward to minor league game starting soon. Quinn and Kingery 1/2 again today. I like it.
    I agree that Medina looked good yesterday but DeLos Santos was the story for me. I’m hoping he becomes a legit arm we can go to because we’re not signing a SP (although there’s a chance we could trade for one after Harper signs – there’s no spot for one OF – who do you trade?).

    1. Quinn and Kingery start the game right. If Quinn is healthy, he’s got to play. After Harper signs, trade Odubel for a SP. Altherr and even Harper can play CF behind Quinn with Williams as your 4th OF and #1 pinch hitter.

      1. I think Herrera , of all the OFers, will bring back the most in value.
        And could bring back a very good and young SP.

        But Kapler , oddly, seems to always bring up his name in admiration…rarely do i ever hear him talk about Quinn, Altherr or even Nick Williams in such glowing terms.
        So, I am not sure how much they will be willing to shop Doobie, once Harper signs.

        1. I think Hererra “needs” the positive reinforcement more than the other guys to get him to play the game right. He has the most trade value for sure.

  19. I think V1 comments are that of a Phan of the Phillies minor league players as an organization. I appreciate his insight even though I don’t concur with all of his comments. But I enjoy reading his perspective.

    No disrespect Denny, but you appear to be a Phan of one Phillies player only. We get that you love Cozens and he likely is a family member of yours. But you offer no insight on any other Phillies minor Leaguers and thus it is obvious you are totally biased when it comes to Cozens. We all want to see him do well because his physical tools are impressive. But you add little value to a discussion about Cozens because of your immense personal bias.

    1. Thank you for your compliment. We all want success for everyone. The reality is a very select few can actually make it. While no one can predict the future, it is fun to give our best guess and debate.

    2. Ok here is my bias. Yesterday 2 hard hit doubles. Today a mammoth homerun over the right field pavilion roof and a hard hit single. The homerun was one of the longest in Lakeland history
      I spoke to one of the senior ushers and he couldn’t remember another player hitting one over the roof in right field. He is now 4-5 with 2 walks.

      Sounds simplistic but I’m not going to advocate for any other player because DC is so over looked and needs a spokesperson, which my family (not Dylan’s) have appointed me.

      I have followed DC personally from Clearwater thru the majors and he has such raw talent that can’t be dismissed. From my personal observations, he will be a more than serviceable major leaguer. Might be strong 4 tool player and is working on the 5th.

      Looking for others to give him a chance when they list the Phillies outfield options.

  20. I think Odubel and Kingery, because of their extreme team friendly contracts are going to be given every chance to succeed. I’d be very surprised if Doobie is traded. And, this is coming from one of Roman Quinn’s biggest supporters/believers.

    1. Hinkie…agree.
      I think Matt’s risk meter is set pretty low and will not ever get into the danger zone.

      Trading Doobie ….with his past performances (which were great at times and also poor), youthfulness and friendly contract will bring back quality..but the risk is high….more so than any of Quinn, Altherr or Williams, and the risk of losing any of those three is low.

      If it were me, and Billy Beane offered Jesus Luzardo for Doobie and maybe a LHV pitcher, like irvin or DLS….I may inclined to do that trade….even though the TINSTAAPP principle sits in the back of my mind

    2. One OF has to go. Either Quinn, Altherr, Williams, or Herrera can’t make the 25 if Harper is added. One will have to be traded. Trading one of them plus a pitcher like Vinnie and maybe one of the LHV pitchers should get us a decent SP from someone. Which OF? To get which SP?

  21. Haha. Meanwhile Cozens is trying to shake things up and win a spot. He just homered. Good luck kid, keep banging em.

    1. Still think Mike Hazen will make a play for him in Arizona if Harper comes on board and he has to slides one more rung down the ladder.. Their OF is not looking great and DC’s power bat would play great in Chase.
      Bryan Minniti, asst GM, knows the Snakes farm system well since he was just there under LaRussa a couple years ago so maybe something could be done to make everyone happy.

      1. Not only did Cozens homer, according to the radio guys, the ball left the stadium after clearing a three story office building. I’ve been looking anywhere/everywhere for video of it. Still haven’t found any.

        Also … Mickey Moniak had a line drive RBI double over the RFer’s head. Everyone is hitting today. Too bad it’s not being televised.

    1. v1 … I wish this game had been televised. Sounds like a lot of positive things happening today with the Phillies younger players.

      BTW … I still haven’t found video of Cozens HR, but Megan Montemurro has this picture as evidence of how far he hit the ball.

        1. I’m a big fan (not related in any way), and I remember the days of the “bash brothers” at Reading. Relatively speaking, Cozens hasn’t been hitting major league pitching this spring. I’m happy to see someone who has worked hard see positive results. It’s only been three games, but it’s a positive sign that he’s made adjustments (hands higher, choking up). If he earns a spot on the team, then I want him on the team. I have never believed that fairy tale that “He needs to play every day in the minors in order to get more at bats”. A player can progress just as well in the majors, even if he’s only getting 5 or 6 AB’s a week. In the minors he’ll face sub-par pitching, but whatever he accomplishes as the 25th man on the roster will be against major league pitchers. If he gets beat out, that’s fine, send him to Lehigh, but don’t give up on him! I’m not high, but I still think that Cozens ceiling is … Rhys Hoskins.

  22. Hey y’all! Good to be here for another season! I had to post this.. sorry for being a homer but Tommy Listi sent it to me since I wasn’t at the game. I figured I HAD to shares his first hit in a big league game, especially since there wasn’t any tv as Hinkie said..

    1. That is awesome, Mr. Moniak. Mickey looks bigger and stronger. Hoping for a lot more of those hard hits balls this season in Reading.
      I’m a believer that Mickey will grow a lot under Josh Bonifay and the Phillies’ new player development team.

  23. Today’s game was a great microcosm of what I hope the season will be. We were down 5-0 but the top of the order came alive the 2nd and 3rd times through the order. It can become a regular occurrence. Hoskins with 40/120 in this lineup, playing 1b, is possible.

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